Larry L. Lloyd

1934 – 2014
Larry L. Lloyd


Larry was born to William (Bill) M. Lloyd and Alice Grass Lloyd at Barrett Hospital in Dillon, on Oct. 10, 1934. Growing up in Dillon, Larry enjoyed fishing and hunting with his dad, friends and his dog, Mickey. Mickey held a special place in Larry’s heart and was one of his first of many well-loved canine companions.

Larry attended grade school and high school in Dillon, graduating from Beaverhead High School in 1952. He enrolled at Western Montana College and graduated in 1958, with a bachelor’s degree in education, majoring in mathematics and science. Between high school and college, Larry worked on ranches, drove trucks, worked in the fishing industry in Ketchikan, Alaska, and then trucked and ran heavy equipment on road and airbase construction in Alaska during the summers.

In 1958, Larry was hired to teach science and mathematics at Three Forks High School. Larry stayed a second year and taught mathematics. In 1960, he accepted an offer from the Department of Army Overseas Schools to teach advanced mathematics and physics at the Kubasaki Senior High School in Okinawa. While living in Okinawa, he enjoyed traveling to cities throughout Asia. After two years, he transferred to the Paris American High School in Paris, France, where he taught mathematics for a year.

In 1963, Larry returned to Dillon, where he worked on the construction of the Clark Canyon Dam and on interstate highway projects south of Dillon. In late November, he accepted a job as a health physicist at the then-National Reactor Testing Station (NRTS) near Idaho Falls, where he was employed until June 1967. Larry was then offered a public health fellowship at the University of Minnesota to work toward a master’s degree in radiological health. It was there that he met his wife to be, Darlene Ahlers, a Minnesota farm girl. Larry and Darlene were married in November 1968. Larry received his master’s degree a month later.

In January 1969, Larry and Darlene moved to Idaho Falls, where Larry again went to work at the NRTS as a health physicist. In June 1969, Larry and Darlene moved to Helena, where he began working for the Montana State Department of Health. He remained employed there until he retired in 1990.

Larry was a longtime member of the Dillon Elks Lodge, and in recent years took great pleasure in returning to Dillon for stag nights to visit with friends.

Larry is survived by: his wife, Darlene; son Bill (Miki) and grandchildren Brent and Kaci, of Helena; and daughter Suzy (fiancée Matt), of Seattle, WA.

A memorial service celebrating Larry’s life was held yesterday at Anderson Stevenson Wilke Funeral Home in Helena. Burial will take place at a later date in Dillon. Please visit to offer the family a condolence or to share a memory of Larry.